Attention, Parents! How Tablets Actually Affect Children’s Cognitive Development

Family & Kids

December 26, 2018 12:48 By Fabiosa

Many mothers mistakenly believe that if their child already knows how to use a tablet at age 2, he is a technical genius. In fact, it's not all that simple. Children learn very well up to 5 years, so it’s not difficult for them to come to grips with how to use gadgets, especially since the number of operations they do with a tablet is limited to swiping the finger across the screen, and responding to colors and sounds.

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Since modern parents prefer to give tablets to their kids, we decided to tell you whether this is right and how dangerous these gadgets can be.

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Let's start with the most obvious: the more time children spend with a tablet, the less they communicate with peers and relatives. After all, it will be much more useful to spend two hours in the open air than to give them a tablet for the same amount of time.

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We don’t deny the usefulness of tablets: they teach to draw, solve puzzles, and respond to colors and sounds. But is that enough? The problem is that children, like adults, may become seriously dependent on this gadget. If an adult struggles to realize that the world shouldn’t be limited by a gadget, a three-year-old kid will never understand this.

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The use of the tablet has a negative effect on eyesight, attention, gross and fine motor skills, as well as speech development. If a child spends a lot of time with a tablet in favor of peers, as well as with adults who could teach, it can become extremely difficult for him or her to catch up with a more advanced peer. This can lead to problems in kindergarten and school.

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Applications that mimic construction kits aren't a substitute for the real one, because the virtual game doesn’t replace the real tactile skills. The risk of creating a false universe is high, and this will lead to confusion and frustration in future life.

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The main hypothesis researchers have come up with is a possible shift since the use of tablets provides a lot of visual and sound stimulation. There isn’t enough real-time communication left for the child, so the necessary skills, including language, won’t be developing. Consequently, this can lead to a delay in speech.

Be attentive to your children; try to diversify their stimuli to avoid problems in development. Technology is good, but it’s better to limit the child’s communication with gadgets up to at least 5 years old.

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